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Website touts local display on 'magical' lights tour

The Mcintosh Christmas Lights Show in Monticello continues to earn recognition for its 13-song multimedia show, with this year’s effort being one of 10 touted on an online recommendation of must-see displays in Illinois.


Murder trial moved to next spring

A Piatt County man’s murder trial has been moved from Jan. 3 to April 3 of 2017. The request, made by the defense attorneys of Gregory J. Houser of Mansfield, was granted by Judge Karle Kortiz at a hearing Monday at the Piatt County Courthouse in Monticello.


From Cahokia to Bement: dream job for history buff

In his post as the new site supervisor of Bement’s Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Benjamin Pollard will continue to pursue his lifelong love of history. 


Fidgeting allowed with alternative seating

It seems like a strange concept at first, allowing kids to move more with the idea it will lead to less classroom disruption. But an alternative seating project undertaken this fall in Monticello schools is getting rave reviews in several areas: by giving students a choice, allowing fidgeting to reduce disruption, and even doing its part to fight childhood obesity.


Couple fills two Bement Chamber openings

Except when at their day jobs, Clayton and Heidi Ahlden are doing nearly everything together these days. 

The Bement couple started volunteering for the Bement Community Council shortly after moving to town two years ago, and recently took on two local Chamber of Commerce positions. 


Schedule of Bement holiday events this Saturday

The Annual Christmas in Bement is scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 10 throughout the Village Event. Highlights will include:

8 a.m. – Mike Walsh Memorial 5K Walk/Run

8 to 11 a.m. – Pancake and sausage breakfast at the Bement United Methodist Church 


Downed tree provides wood for Bement bench

When a tree that had shaded Bement High School students for decades finally gave up the ghost, high school Industrial Technology teacher Dave Salefski decided to turn lemons into lemonade.

Cliches and metaphors aside, his class turned the dead tree into a maple bench that will be raffled off to benefit the school’s IT Club.


Authority over Ivesdale road discussed

Village officials in Ivesdale must decide whether to maintain a road or surrender control of it.


Recreation site development endorsed by council

The on-again, off-again project to turn 30 acres of city owned land on the west side of Monticello into a recreational facility is on again.

Monticello aldermen Monday approved a resolution to continue funding the project, which has been on hiatus for over a year.


Monticello parade steps off Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to Monticello this Saturday, Dec. 3 to take part in the annual Christmas parade and Lunch with Santa. The day will also feature several other events, including fundraisers and vendor events.

The Saturday schedule includes the following:


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